History

An examination of witches in the 17th century
An examination of witches in the 17th century Please be aware that this blog includes some graphic content and may not be suitable for all readers.
On 29 June 1634 the Privy Council wrote to Alexander Baker and William Clowes, both surgeons in royal service, ordering them to ...
Constance Markievicz: 1916 and beyond
Constance Markievicz: 1916 and beyond In my previous post, Constance Markievicz: The making of a rebel Countess, I explored the influences and events that were essential in the development of Constance Markievicz’s political career, leading up to the point in which Republican groups had set ...
Constance Markievicz: The making of a rebel Countess
Constance Markievicz: The making of a rebel Countess Did you know that Nancy Astor (1879-1964) was not the first woman elected to British Parliament? This achievement belongs to ‘Countess’ Constance Markievicz, who was elected to serve for Sinn Féin and the constituency of Dublin St Patrick’s ward a ...
3 Questions: Emma Teng on anti-Asian American violence in the US
3 Questions: Emma Teng on anti-Asian American violence in the US A string of murders and violent attacks against Asian Americans has jolted the U.S. over the last year. As shocking as these incidents are, they are not novel. Asian Americans and Asian immigrants have long had to contend with physical ...
Sir Robert Walpole: Britain’s first Prime Minister
Sir Robert Walpole: Britain’s first Prime Minister On 3 April 1721, Sir Robert Walpole (1676-1745) became the First Lord of the Treasury and, in effect, Britain’s first Prime Minister. He remains the longest holder of this office, serving 21 years, and left a lasting impression on the ...
Preparing to re-open our reading rooms in April
Preparing to re-open our reading rooms in April We are pleased to confirm that we are planning to re-open our reading rooms on Tuesday 27 April, in Step 2 of the government roadmap out of lockdown.
When our reading rooms re-open, our services will include:
Over 100 reading ...
Connecting history with the present moment
Connecting history with the present moment In spring 2020, as people all over the world confronted the daily reality of living through the Covid-19 pandemic, many wondered how previous generations of humans navigated similar crises. At MIT, an interdisciplinary team of humanistic faculty decided to explore ...
Matthew De Renzi: Digging into the sources
Matthew De Renzi: Digging into the sources The following is an account of my placement at The National Archives, for which I have to thank the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
Map of lands in Offaly, Ireland. The area ...
Making the UK Government Social Media Archive even better
Making the UK Government Social Media Archive even better We have been archiving the online presence of UK central government since 2003. Originally we worked with suppliers to capture traditional websites which we made available for all to browse and search through the UK Government Web Archive.
Since 2014 ...
A parting as of brothers: Bangladesh at 50
A parting as of brothers: Bangladesh at 50 Bangladesh will be marking its 50th anniversary on Independence Day on 26 March 2021.
Before returning home to take up his new role, Mujibur Rehman, the first leader of Bangladesh, visited Britain after being detained in Pakistan. It is recorded ...
A fellowship perspective: Collaboration and challenging histories
A fellowship perspective: Collaboration and challenging histories Vicky Iglikowski-Broad has recently finished her final piece of work for her professional fellowship with the Wellcome Collection on ‘Co-collaboration and challenging histories’ 1. This piece of work uses the sample theme of sex work and the state as its ...
Playing cards captured at sea: Prize Papers of L’Aimable Julie
Playing cards captured at sea: Prize Papers of L’Aimable Julie Some of The National Archives’ most striking visual records are found in the most unexpected places. While we have specific collections consisting entirely of designs, photographs and artwork, there is always the possibility of finding something beautiful hidden among files ...
The suffrage ‘choose your own adventure’ thread: Fact or fiction?
The suffrage ‘choose your own adventure’ thread: Fact or fiction? Hopefully by now you might have seen our latest Twitter sensation, a ‘choose your own adventure’ thread based on the movement for women’s suffrage. You might have even come here directly after finishing it? In which case, welcome!
If not, ...
Newly accredited archive services announced
Newly accredited archive services announced Following a recent panel, the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee is pleased to announce that the following archive services were awarded Archive Service Accreditation for the first time.
Bath Record Office: Archives and Local Studies
De Montfort University Special Collections
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Exploring culture, identity, and the arts to enhance undergraduate education
Exploring culture, identity, and the arts to enhance undergraduate education Jeff Toney would like you to think differently about who’s doing the teaching at MIT. The visiting professor in the MIT Department of Linguistics and Philosophy piloted an ambitious Independent Activities Period (IAP) project, bringing together students from MIT and ...
COVID-19 Archives Fund Grants Awarded
COVID-19 Archives Fund Grants Awarded Today, The National Archives announced the successful applicants who have received funding from the COVID-19 Archives Fund. 25 archives from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have each received up to £50,000 from the fund.
The fund, which was ...
Scene at MIT: Ruth Anderson, pioneer of mathematics and computing
Scene at MIT: Ruth Anderson, pioneer of mathematics and computing Ruth Krock Anderson is a mathematician and computing pioneer who has seen a lot in her 102 years. Born in Boston in 1918, she was interested in math from an early age and earned a mathematics degree at Boston Teachers ...
3 Questions: Richard Samuels on Japan’s 3.11 triple disaster and its impact 10 years later
3 Questions: Richard Samuels on Japan’s 3.11 triple disaster and its impact 10 years later Ten years ago, on March 11, 2011, Japan was struck by the most powerful earthquake in its recorded history. Of 9.1 magnitude by many accounts, the earthquake occurred off the Pacific coast of Tohoku and triggered a tsunami and meltdown ...
Exploring generations of influence between South Asia and MIT
Exploring generations of influence between South Asia and MIT When thinking about how to celebrate the approaching 60th anniversary of Sangam, the Association of Indian Students at MIT, Ranu Boppana ’87, president of the MIT South Asian Alumni Association (MITSAAA) began to reflect upon ways in which to explore ...
Researchers virtually open and read sealed historic letters
Researchers virtually open and read sealed historic letters An international team of scholars has read an unopened letter from early modern Europe — without breaking its seal or damaging it in any way — using an automated computational flattening algorithm. The team, including MIT Libraries and Computer Science ...

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